Which Nursing Schools Are Located in Hawaii?

Learn about nursing schools in Hawaii. Get information about degrees available and admission and program requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

In Hawaii, you can study nursing though a certificate program leading to a licensed practical nursing credential; an associate's program leading to a registered nursing credential or a bachelor's program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree along with the registered nursing credential. As you move up in complexity of degree, your responsibilities as a nurse increase as well as your career and earning potential.

What You Need to Know

Nursing certificate and associate's and bachelor's degree programs are available at 2-year and 4-year, public colleges and universities in Hawaii. A certificate may be earned in 2 years. You could complete an associate's degree in 2-3 years, and a bachelor's degree program will likely take at least 4 years to complete. If you have previous nursing education, some programs offer accelerated study options. Clinical experiences are also available.

Nursing Certificate Programs in Hawaii

Kauai Community College

This program includes courses in health promotion, nursing professionalism, pathophysiology and general pharmacology. You also participate in a clinical practicum that allows you to get hands-on experience working with patients. After receiving you LPN license, you may continue your studies in the school's RN associate's degree program.

  • Program Name: Practical Nursing Certificate of Achievement
  • Program Length: 52 credits, about 2 years full-time (includes approximately 1 year of prerequisite coursework)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,988 per year for residents; $7,980 per year for non-residents
  • Prerequisites: 22 credit hours of prerequisite coursework with minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Admissions Requirements: Passing scores on skills assessment exams
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,400 students (all undergraduate)

University of Hawaii Maui College

Before beginning your nursing studies, you'll need to take prerequisite courses in zoology, English and microbiology. You then study such topics as pathophysiology and pharmacology. A clinical practicum during the summer semester is required as well. Once you complete this program and pass the licensing exam, you can find a LPN position in a physician's office, clinic or hospital.

  • Program Name: Practical Nurse Certificate of Achievement
  • Program Length: 44 credits, about 2 years full-time (includes around 1 semester of prerequisite coursework)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $3,006 per year for residents; $7,998 per year for non-residents
  • Prerequisites: 10 credit hours of prerequisite courses
  • Admissions Requirements: Current immunizations, placement exam scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public, primarily associate's; approximately 3,800 students (all undergraduate)

Nursing Associate's Degree Programs in Hawaii

Hawaii Community College

You can expect to spend about a year completing general education and prerequisite courses that include writing, human development, microbiology, general pharmacology, psychology and communication. Once these are completed, you take 42 credits of nursing coursework in such topics as mental health nursing, adult health nursing and family health nursing.

  • Program Name: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 72 credits, about 3 years, full-time (includes about 1 year of prerequisite coursework)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,940 per year for residents; $7,932 per year for non-residents
  • Prerequisites: 30 credit hours of pre- and co-requisite coursework
  • Admissions Requirements: Proficiency in math, writing and reading
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 3,200 students (all undergraduate)

Kauai Community College

After completing this program's prerequisite coursework in psychology, microbiology and anatomy, you'll take 50 credit hours of nursing courses to develop your patient care skills and leadership abilities. Students who've completed LPN training can request advance standing in this associate's degree program.

  • Program Name: Associate in Science in Registered Nursing
  • Program Length: 72 credits, about 3 years full-time (includes around 1 year of prerequisite coursework)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $2,988 per year for residents; $7,980 per year for non-residents
  • Prerequisites: 22 credit hours of prerequisite coursework with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Admissions requirements: Passing scores on skills assessment exams
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,400 students (all undergraduate)

University of Hawaii Maui College

This degree requires students to complete an additional 29 credits beyond the LPN certificate program. You can study such topics as nursing research, family nursing and nursing professionalism. If you'd like to pursue a bachelor's degree after graduating, you can take general education courses while still enrolled at the Maui College location and nursing courses on the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus.

  • Program Name: Associate in Science in Registered Nursing
  • Program Length: 73 credits, about 2 years full-time (includes 1 semester of prerequisite coursework)
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $3,006 per year for residents; $7,998 per year for non-residents
  • Prerequisites: 10 credit hours of prerequisite courses
  • Admissions Requirements: Current immunizations, placement exam scores
  • School Type: 4-year, public, primarily associate's; approximately 3,800 students (all undergraduate)

Nursing Bachelor's Degree Programs in Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Hilo

This university offers two program options for its BSN. If you've never enrolled in a nursing program before, you'll spend the first 2 years taking general education and pre-nursing coursework in such topics as anatomy, microbiology and chemistry. The final 2 years are spent completing nursing courses and practica.

If you enroll in the accelerated option, your fall semester includes courses in health assessment, trans-cultural care and nursing research. During your spring semester, you take a course in human nutrition and complete practica in community and collaborative healthcare. If you're interested in becoming an advanced practice nurse, the university offers a post-baccalaureate doctoral nursing program as well.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 4 years full-time for new nursing students (includes 2 years of prerequisite coursework), 1 year full-time for licensed RNs
  • Tuition and Fees (2015-2016): $7,332 per year for residents; $19,788 per year for non-residents
  • Prerequisites: 2.7 GPA in prerequisite courses
  • Requirements: New nursing students must take a pre-entry exam, an active RN license is required for the accelerated program
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 3,400 undergraduate and 600 graduate students

Most of the schools in Hawaii that offer nursing programs do so at the certificate and associate's degree level, but a bachelor's degree can be found at University of Hawaii-Hilo for those who want the most career opportunities.

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